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 Universal Design for Learning

                Regional Media and Technology
                Center Programs Meet the

        Ricki Chowning, Executive Director
        Regional Educational Media Centers of Michigan

                                   With grateful thanks to
                                        Susan Hardin
                              Macomb Intermediate School District
                                 Who helped & educated me.

    Goals for this presentation:
         • Review the societal imperatives and
           pressures facing schools today

         • Understand the history & framework of
           Universal Design for Learning and its
           relationship to student achievement

         • Understand the integral relationship
           between UDL and resource-based
           materials and technology

      Things are always


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Rise in Educational
          Today’s classroom:
    • Teachers must deliver instruction to diverse
      groups of students who come from a variety
      of cultures with varying languages, learning
      styles, abilities and disabilities.
    • Educational demands are on the rise
      – Shift from acquiring knowledge to integrating
      – Higher curriculum standards
      – All students are held to the same standards

…..rising dissatisfaction with
scores, international rankings and
readiness of graduates to enter the

               Schools dispute 'dropout
                    factory' label
             Tuesday, October 30, 2007
             By Dave Murray
             The Grand Rapids Press
             GRAND RAPIDS -- Four Grand Rapids high schools and Kelloggsville
             High are being branded "dropout factories" in a study by Johns
             Hopkins University.

             But local school administrators dismissed the way those results were
             compiled, saying dropout rates are among the most debated and
             complicated statistics in education.

             The Johns Hopkins researchers included the five schools among 78 in
                         1,700 nationwide -- where no more
             Michigan -- and
             than 60 percent of students who start as
             freshman make it to their senior year.
Rapidly Changing
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implications for classroom instruction.
  Number of iPods sold in
    3Q 2006 = 8,100,000

Number of
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In 4Q 2007                                          =21,000,000
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              21st Century Literacies

Basic literacy
Scientific literacy
Economic literacy
Technological literacy
Visual literacy
Information literacy
Multicultural literacy
Global literacy
Digital Age Literacies

1.   Basic literacy
2.   Scientific literacy
3.   Economic literacy
4.   Technological literacy
5.   Visual literacy
6.   Information literacy
7.   Multicultural literacy
8.   Global literacy
Changing Economy
Thomas Friedman’s
•Rise of Netscape, Google, Amazon
and other online mega-companies
•Trillion dollar investment in fiber
optic cable
•Emergence of open source code
enabling global collaboration
•Rise of outsourcing, offshoring,
supply chaining and insourcing
•Emergence of three huge
economies: India, China and the
former Soviet Union

Diverse Student
Nine-year-olds growing up in low-income
communities are already three grade levels
behind their peers in high-income
Half of them won't graduate from high
school by the time they're 18.
Those who do graduate will, on average,
read and do math at the level of eighth
graders in high-income communities. Only 1
in 10 will graduate from college.
There is an estimated 13 million children
growing up in poverty today. African-
American and Latino/Hispanic

                    grow up in a low-income area; these disparities
                    also prevent many children of color from truly
                    having equal opportunities in life.

New Research
Brain-based Learning--what do we know…
•The brain is a complex adaptive system.
•The brain is a social brain.
•The search for meaning is innate.
•The search for meaning occurs through patterning.
•Emotions are critical to patterning.
•Every brain simultaneously perceives and creates parts and wholes.
•Learning involves both focused attention and peripheral attention.
•Learning always involves conscious and unconscious processes.
•We have at least two ways of organizing memory.
•Learning is developmental.
•Complex learning is enhanced by challenge and inhibited by threat.
•Every brain is uniquely organized.

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So….what is Universal Design for

    …….A Framework for
    Designing Access to Core
    Content Expectations for ALL

             Where did it come from?
                “Universal Design”
Phrase coined by Ron Mace,
NC State University, Raleigh, NC.

Other terms previously used:
Accessible design;
Assistive technology.

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What is Universal Design?
“Universal design is the design of products and
  environments to be usable by all people, to the
  greatest extent possible, without the need for
  adaptation or specialized design.”
                                                        –Ron Mace

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Principles of Universal

 •   Flexibility in Use
 •   Simple and Intuitive Use
 •   Perceptible Information
 •   Tolerance for Error
 •   Low Physical Effort
 •   Size and Space for Approach and Use
Examples of Universal Design
  •   Smooth ground surfaces of entranceways
  •   Wide interior doors and hallways
  •   Lever handles for opening doors
  •   Light switches with large flat panels
  •   Varied counter top heights
  •   Redesigned tools and kitchen implements
  •   Control panels buttons distinguishable by touch
  •   Use of meaningful icons as well as text labels
  •   Ramp access in swimming pools
 Moving from UD
Universal Design for
  History of Addressing
Individual Learner Needs
• Auditory, Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Styles
• Multiple Intelligences (Howard Gardner)
• Differentiated Learning
• Customized Learning Plans
• Assistive Technology
     Success for all learners
       – with good curriculum,
       – flexible materials,
       – engaging assignments and
       – built in universal access features

     A UDL Curriculum

              • Is designed, developed
                and flexible from the
              • Has built in supports.
              • Is designed to
                maximize options for
                students and teachers
              • Meets the needs of all
              • Is under the auspices of
                general education.

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High engagement

                             Right amount
                             of support

 Challenge is

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    UDL is a paradigm shift
         from                         to

•   Students who learn differently    • Students who learn differently
    constitute a different category     fall along a continuum of
                                        learner differences
•   Instructional adjustments are     • Instructional adjustments made
    made for at risk students           for all learners
•   Learning is on a single textbook  • Learning materials are varied
•   The problem is within the student • The solution is within the
    and requires remediation            curriculum. A flexible
                                        curriculum adapts to the needs
                                        of all students
UDL means……

 •Multiple, flexible means of representation
 •Multiple, flexible means of expression
 •Multiple, flexible options for engagement

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Engaging classrooms,
Success for all students,
21st century digital
How do Media and
Technology Centers
support this
UDL environment?
    Michigan’s Regional Educational Media Centers

•    Leadership
•    Collaboration
•    Equity of access to skills, tools & resources
•    Effective statewide cooperative purchasing
Michigan’s Regional Educational Media Centers

• Mi Department of Education Online Learning Grant
Michigan’s Regional Educational Media Centers

• MI Online Learning Requirement supplementary
• Professional Development for Career Forward Class
• Moodle version of Career Forward Class
Michigan’s Regional Educational Media Centers

Equity of access to skills, tools & resources

• Regional Instructional Technologists Resource Site
• Development of Eighth Grade Literacy Test Bank
• TWICE Videostreaming Website
Michigan’s Regional Educational Media Centers
Effective cost savings through cooperative purchasing

•   Statewide Software Bids (Inspiration, Microsoft)
•   Blackboard Consortium
•   Discovery Statewide Contract
•   Over 1100 Equipment & Supply Contracts
Technology Examples of UDL
 •   Auditory output accompanying visual displays
 •   Visual output redundant with information in auditory output
 •   Contrast controls on visual output
 •   Clear lines of sight (to reduce dependence on sound)
 •   Volume controls on auditory output
 •   Speed controls on auditory output
 •   Choice of language on speech output
 •   Closed captioning on television networks

• electronic mobility switches
• alternative keyboards
• computer-screen enlargers
• text-to-speech readers for individuals with visual
• electronic sign-language dictionaries
• calculators and spellcheckers
     Learning Resources to
     Support UDL
     •   Video streaming
     •   Electronic text books
     •   Digital photos
     •   Talking Books (MP3, Start-to-Finish, Thinking Reader)
     •   Concept maps
     •   Graphic organizers
     •   NASA Explores
     •   Blogging
     •   Clay animation
     •   Video production
     •   Pod casting
     •   Distance learning activities
     •   Project Based Learning
     •   ASK
   UDL, Technology
 Resources & Regional
 Media and Technology
Centers--Collaborating for
    Student Success
           Ricki Chowning

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